Goodbye, Honey …

“When he [Jesus] looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.” Matthew 9:37

Yesterday, I read a post from my granddaughter’s mother. “Today we lost a very precious member of our family.  Honey (a cat) was Mikaila’s best friend. She was beautiful, curious, never selfish and very loving.  She helped  Mikaila through every obstacle and loved her unconditionally.”

I remember the day nine years ago when Mikaila got her two cats—Honey and Charlie. For some reason, Honey was a honey of a cat and became Mikaila’s special pet. Next year Mikaila will go away to college and would have had to leave Honey behind—maybe Honey knew this.

I’ve never been attached to a pet and find it hard to understand the depth of grief that goes along with losing a pet. However, I do know from first-hand experience that grief comes from many different aspects of life. I empathize with anyone going through the grief of losing a loved one, pet, job, home, etc., and I’ve cried empathetic tears for people I didn’t know.

Empathy is defined as seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another. Jesus gave examples of empathy during his ministry, such as in Matthew 9. I’m guessing he’s weeping with Mikaila as she grieves her Honey. May Honey rest wherever a honey of a cat goes when it passes on.

Lord, help us show empathy to those suffering from loss. Amen.


About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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3 Responses to Goodbye, Honey …

  1. Melanie says:

    What a beautiful response to Mikaila and Jodi’s loss of their family pet. A very special one! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Jodi says:

    Thanks Linda! It was a very tough day. Mikaila and her two beautiful cat sisters have been with Mika since she was three. Your words are very thoughtful. I will share them with her.

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